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The fools of America are distracted by sports and social media while we are funding our own demise............

 

Is This The Worst Scandal In Minnesota History?

Written by John Hinderaker

in Welfare, Terrorism, Refugees

on May 14, 2018

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It is certainly a contender. Fox 9 television uncovers a far-reaching scandal: last year, more than $100 million in cash left the Twin Cities airport in carry-on luggage, bound for the Middle East and Africa:

This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on.

On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country. Sources said he took a carry-on bag through security that was packed with $1 million in cash. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper government forms.

Fox 9 learned that these cloak-and-dagger scenarios now happen almost weekly at MSP. The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Sources said last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage.

Where does the money come from, and where is it going?

It was coming from Hawalas, businesses used to courier money to countries that have no official banking system.

Some immigrant communities rely on Hawalas to send funds to help impoverished relatives back home.

[Former Seattle police detective Glen] Kerns discovered some of the money was being funneled to a Hawala in the region of Somalia that is controlled by the al Shabaab terrorist group.

Great. But the real scandal is where the money came from in the first place–welfare fraud:

As Kerns dug deeper, he found that some of the individuals who were sending out tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of remittance payments happened to be on government assistance in this country.

How could they possibly come up with such big bucks to transfer back home?

“We had sources that told us, ‘It’s welfare fraud, it’s all about the daycare,’” said Kerns.
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Five years ago the Fox 9 Investigators were first to report that daycare fraud was on the rise in Minnesota, exposing how some businesses were gaming the system to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses.

“It’s a great way to make some money,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

In order for the scheme to work, the daycare centers need to sign up low income families that qualify for child care assistance funding.

Surveillance videos from a case prosecuted by Hennepin County show parents checking their kids into a center, only to leave with them a few minutes later. Sometimes, no children would show up.

Either way, the center would bill the state for a full day of childcare.

Video from that same case shows a man handing out envelopes of what are believed to be kickback payments to parents who are in on the fraud.

Evidently welfare fraud in various forms is widespread in Minnesota’s Somali immigrant community. This is, I think, generally known, but the scale of fraud disclosed here is astonishing:

“We believe that there’s a scope of fraud out there that we really need to get our arms around and ensure that those dollars are going to kids that really need them,” Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services Chuck Johnson said.

He told the Fox 9 Investigators his agency has 10 daycares currently under active investigation for fraud.

Fox 9 has learned dozens more are considered suspicious.

Search warrants obtained by the Fox 9 Investigators show each one of the suspect centers has received several million dollars in childcare assistance funds.

According to public records and government sources, most are owned by Somali immigrants.
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Sources in the Somali community told Fox 9 it is an open secret that starting a daycare center is a license to make money.

The fraud is so widespread they said, that people buy shares of daycare businesses to get a cut of the huge public subsidies that are pouring in.

Government insiders believe this scam is costing the state at least a hundred million dollars a year, half of all child care subsidies.

A friend who saw this news story wrote:

This has me more angry than I’ve been since the 2011 tax increase on the “rich” aka, working families. I can’t put into words how utterly incompetent you must be to not have a checks and balances in place for tax payer funded programs, the tax payer dollars that people like myself and millions others diligently pay quarterly, leaving our children in childcare to work and provide for our families, pay taxes, only to have this hard work fund bogus programs that somehow are funding the same terrorist activities meant to harm our country?!!! Unbelievable. The commissioner and employees responsible for overseeing this mess should pay, every single one of them – they should be fired – they didn’t do their job.

Her outrage is appropriate, but perhaps misguided. I suspect that many of Minnesota’s liberals think that our bureaucrats performed their jobs very well: they siphoned off hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to finance liberal constituencies—the principal purpose of government, according to our lib friends.

So, how dumb are we? Honestly, I think it is impossible to plumb the depths of our stupidity. We need to totally revamp both our immigration policies and our welfare system to protect not only Minnesota taxpayers, but people around the world who are vulnerable to terrorism.

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The real story here is How anyone is suprised by this, Try to discuss Welfare Fraud or Voter Fraud with any American Liberal Commie & they immediatly go into "fingers in ears screaming at the top of lungs mode"

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My take on the leftist reaction, especially on SOL, is to react with some false platitude, agree, and then run away and not discuss it all.

 

Welfare Fraud ( I believe all coerced wealth redistribution is fraud) is THE base of Democrat Party political power.  It is absolutely undeniable..

 

 

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This is happening all over our country, not just in Minnesota. Here in NY the Hasidic Jewish community has been doing this and many other scams for years, as have every other race creed and color of people. It is time we had a complete investigation into all of these "businesses" and those on welfare and all Government handouts. 

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3 mins ago, PCstriper said:

This is happening all over our country, not just in Minnesota. Here in NY the Hasidic Jewish community has been doing this and many other scams for years, as have every other race creed and color of people. It is time we had a complete investigation into all of these "businesses" and those on welfare and all Government handouts. 

I remember a story in the NY papers a few years back where the Domincan's were buying up food on a food stamps, loading them into blue barrels, and shipping them to the Dominican Republic.

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If you were to go into any Bodega in NYC and watched what transpired throughout the course of a day you would be amazed. You can buy anything with your WIC card or foodstamp card, cigarettes, beer anything, it only costs you an additional .50c on a dollar ,if you're lucky .25c.

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4 mins ago, PCstriper said:

If you were to go into any Bodega in NYC and watched what transpired throughout the course of a day you would be amazed. You can buy anything with your WIC card or foodstamp card, cigarettes, beer anything, it only costs you an additional .50c on a dollar ,if you're lucky .25c.

I'm sure.  I know MA had an issue that a lot of our EBT cards were being used in other states, like Florida.   I don't think that is illegal, .....but makes you go hmmmm

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1 min ago, jkrock said:

I'm sure.  I know MA had an issue that a lot of our EBT cards were being used in other states, like Florida.   I don't think that is illegal, .....but makes you go hmmmm

Damn, you don't want them going on vacation ? They work hard for they money  !!! Oh......., no they don't !

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7 mins ago, PCstriper said:

Damn, you don't want them going on vacation ? They work hard for they money  !!! Oh......., no they don't !

8 months in prison for getting caught stealing $300K......which means she stole well over a million that she wasn't caught for.....but hey, she may get deported unless the sanctuary state of MA refuses to tell the feds when they sneak her out the back door of the jail.

 

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WORCESTER - A Worcester woman who admitted last December to defrauding the government of nearly $300,000 in a cash-for-food-stamps scheme was sentenced to 8 months in federal prison Wednesday.

Esther Acquaye, 49, received the sentence after a U.S. District Court hearing in which a prosecutor rebuked her for involving her son, a minor, in her crimes and said stiff punishment was needed to deter similar fraud.

The government declined to say whether it found the sentence appropriate, or whether people who sell their food stamps for cash – referred to as “equally culpable” by its attorney – should be prosecuted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle L. Dineen Jerrett requested a sentence 29 months longer than what Ms. Acquaye received. The woman’s lawyer, Blake J. Rubin, argued for home arrest, noting that Judge Timothy S. Hillman in 2016 sentenced Vida Causey, a Worcester woman who stole more than $3.5 million in a similar scheme, to 1 year in prison.

Mr. Rubin called the sentence “very fair” after the hearing. Ms. Acquaye was ordered to pay about $285,000 in restitution – about $282,000 for the food stamp fraud and roughly $3,000 for also selling knockoff designer merchandise at her shop, Esther’s Fashion Paradise at 872A Main St.

Ms. Acquaye, a native of Ghana here legally for decades on a green card, was also sentenced to 3 years supervised release, though Mr. Rubin said she may be deported as a result of her felony conviction.

Ms. Acquaye admitted to participating in a scheme that has been ongoing in the city for years in which retailers swap cash for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

People with SNAP benefits are only allowed to use the money on their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for food or seed purchases. In the fraudulent purchases, the retailer generally swipes the EBT card for twice the amount of money allegedly being spent, then gives the customer half and pockets the rest.

At the sentencing, Ms. Dineen Jerrett noted that many customers switched to Esther’s Fashion Paradise from J&W Aseda Plaza – Ms. Causey’s store – after that store and several others in the city were raided in 2014.

 

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The government appears to have evidence it could use to identify customers willing to exchange SNAP benefits for cash, as Ms. Dineen Jerrett in court documents said it identified 298 customers who swiped their EBT cards at both J&W and Esther’s Fashion Paradise.

Additionally, six customers seen on DVR surveillance confiscated from Esther’s Fashion Paradise over a three-day span in April 2016 were “repeat customers” at both that store and J&W.

These SNAP beneficiaries are ‘participants’ in the fraud even if they are not charged and convicted,” she wrote. “This fraud could not occur without both parties to the transaction.”

Lib speak for we aren't going to charge or convict these people

 

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Ms. Acquaye, who smiled as she spoke with supporters on her way into the courthouse, wiped away tears after asking Judge Hillman for leniency through an interpreter.

Here legally for decades and needs an intrepreter......another issue.

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